COVID-19: New Zealand will be moving into a level 4 lockdown from 11.59 tonight

BREAKING 17/08/2021

#BREAKING: A positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Auckland community earlier this afternoon. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield have announced that New Zealand will be in a level four lockdown commencing from 11.59PM tonight. 

The confirmed case is a 58-year-old-man who resides in Devonport. Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the man is unvaccinated but his wife is vacinnated.

The level four lockdown will happen for three days but its likely that Auckland and Coromandel could be in lockdown for seven days due to the places of interest. COVID-19 vaccinations will also be suspended for at least 48 hours.

There are 23 locations of interest. 13 in the Coromandel and 10 in Auckland.

Ministry of Health

Earlier today The Ministry of Health said in a statement,

"The case is located in Auckland and a link between the case and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established."
"The Auckland Regional Public Health unit is undertaking interviews with the case for contact tracing purposes. While we collect more specific information all New Zealanders are reminded of the basic public health measures of mask wearing and hand washing. In particular anyone in Auckland catching public transport this afternoon or who cannot socially distance in public spaces should wear a mask as a precaution."